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Throwback Thursday: On This Day in Redskins History – 1947


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On this day in Redskins history in 1947, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh led the Washington Redskins to a stunning 45-21 dismantling of the Chicago Cardinals.

It was 70 years ago, but Baugh was posting modern numbers in the game he was revolutionizing. He completed 25 of his 33 passes for 355 yards, with an incredible 6 of those passes for touchdowns. That would be an impressive statline for any quarterback on any Sunday, let alone in 1947.

Redskins Dick Poillion had an impressive and interesting scoreline that day too. He put up 15 points on the strength of one touchdown pass, one field goal, and six PATs.

Paul McKee led all Redskin receivers with 7 receptions for 103 yards, including touchdown receptions of 4 and 28 yards, while Hugh Taylor (34 yards), Sal Rosato (16 yards) and George Wilde (9 yards) all had a touchdown reception each.

The win came at Griffith Stadium with 35,362 in attendance.

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Throwback Thursday: On This Day in Redskins History – 1958


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On this day in Redskins history in 1958, Eddie LeBaron led the Washington Redskins to a 45-31 trouncing of the Chicago Cardinals.

LeBaron only completed 15 of his 23 passes for 267 yards, but an astounding 5 of those passes were for touchdowns. Not only that, 4 of them were in the first half, as Washington staked out an insurmountable 38-10 lead.

Redskins running back Johnny Olszewski also had a first half two yard touchdown rush, and finished the game with 136 yards on 19 carries. That’s more than 7 yards per carry.

The win came at Griffith Stadium with 26,169 in attendance.

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Flashback Friday: This Day in 1956


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On this day, October 28th back in 1956, the Washington Redskins defeated the Chicago Cardinals 17-14.

Washington overcame an early 14 point deficit. Sam Baker got the Redskins on the board with a 22-yard field goal, and then two Al Dorow second half touchdowns – the first, a 34-yard pass to Dick James, and the second, a 40-yard pass to Steve Mellinger – carved out a tough Redskins win.

For the Cardinals, Max Boydston reeled in a 39 yard pass from Lamar McHan and Johnny Olszewski ran for a 7-yard touchdown early in the first; but it was all downhill from there. Both TDs were converted by Pat Summerall. Yes, THAT Pat Summerall. He played for the Cardinals from 1953-1957. He passed away in 2013 after many years of NFL service both on the field and in the broadcast booth.

The Cardinals were in Chicago from 1920 until 1960 when they moved to St. Louis. They moved to Phoenix in 1988 and after 6 years as the Phoenix Cardinals, were re-named the Arizona Cardinals in 1994.

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The Redskins finished the season 6-6, and 3rd in the NFL East.

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